Robotic vs FUE Hair Transplant Procedures

Robotics and hair transplants are relatively new hair transplantation technique and there is a lot of information online about robotic hair transplants as well as manual hair transplant procedures. In this blog we are going to look at robotic hair transplants and see how they compare to the FUE procedure that we offer here at The Private Clinic.

What is a Robot Hair Transplant?

A robotic hair transplant may also be called an R-FUE or ARTAS. The actual technique of the robotic hair transplant is the same as an FUE hair transplant procedure however half of the procedure is performed robotically rather than manually.

The procedure starts of just like a standard FUE hair transplant procedure would with the donor area being shaved and local anaesthetic being administered to the area. A skin tensioner is then applied to the donor area which aids in the precision of the technique.  The robotic system then uses cameras to get footage of the donor area and then using image processing software it is then able to identify the different properties of the hair follicles. Once the footage has been processed it is ready to start extracting hair follicles from the donor area using a robotic arm and small dermal punches. The surgeon is able to make adjustments to help make the process more precise when necessary.  Once loosened the hair follicles are collected by the surgeon and the technique returns back to a standard FUE procedure where the follicles are prepared before being manually transplanted into recipient areas.

What is a FUE Hair Transplant?

An FUE procedure extracts individual hair follicles from the donor area which are then grafted into areas that are bald or thinning. The ARTAS system has essentially been built to replicate the FUE hair transplant procedure that is traditionally performed manually by your hair transplant surgeon.

We favour the FUE Hair Transplant technique here at The Private Clinic as a minimally invasive hair transplant procedure that aims to give the patients natural and undetectable results.

Robotic vs FUE Hair Transplant Procedures

When it comes to comparing the two procedures there are a range of pros, cons and differences to take into consideration. The biggest difference is that the entire FUE procedure is performed manually compared to the Robotic technique where half of the procedure is performed automatically and only the transplantation section of the procedure is performed by your surgeon. The patients that are suitable for Robotic hair transplants using the AARTAS machine can be limiting as it is often only used on patients who are dark straight hair. FUE Hair transplants can be performed on patients with a variety of hair textures including African or Caribbean hair. AARTAS also uses punches that are larger in diameter compared to manual FUE punches which does open the risk to healing complications and the potential to damage nearby follicles.

At The Private Clinic your hair transplant will be performed by one of our experienced hair transplant surgeons who will analyse your scalp, hair growth and hair texture so that they are able to personalise your hair transplant procedure in order to best achieve your desired results.  We work by hair, not per graft – this ensures that only the strongest, healthiest follicles are selected for your transplant procedure. Your donor hair is a limited source which is why we work by hair, not per graft ensuring that only the strongest, healthiest follicles are selected for your transplant procedure.

We understand that many people will have different options on which methods can offer the best results which are why we highly recommend doing your research about the different options and meeting with surgeons to discuss all the options available.

Why choose The Private Clinic?

  • See our comprehensive Hair Transplant videos here.
  • Click here to see our extensive library of Hair Transplant before and after photos.
  • You will only be treated by our highly experienced Hair Transplant surgeons who are specialised in FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) and have treated thousands of patients.
  • FUE is a minimally invasive treatment (meaning there is no cutting of a strip), and carried out under local anaesthetic – many patients either watch TV, or even fall asleep during the procedure.
  • You won’t require any stitches after your treatment like you would with a strip (FUT) procedure which means your recovery time is reduced.
  • Only the finest instruments are used resulting in as minimal trauma to your scalp as possible.
  • The advanced skills and techniques used by our hair transplant team ensures that your donor area will look intact after the hair transplant procedure allowing you to keep your hair really short if you prefer without any obvious scarring.
  • We aim to deliver only natural looking results with denser packing. This is achieved by implanting the hair in the direction that replicates your natural hair growth.
  • Our surgeons are the only surgeons in the UK offering the Unshaven Hair Transplant (U-FUE) (the long-hair hair transplant), to those who prefer not to shave beforehand. At your consultation, we will be able to advise you on whether an unshaven procedure is suitable for you.
  • Scars resulting from injuries or previous surgeries can also be corrected.

For more information or to book a consultation with our expert Hair Transplant surgeons click here or call 03339209135.

Hair Transplant procedures are carried out at our London Harley Street, Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester clinics with consultations being carried out at our Buckinghamshire, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Essex, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Northampton and Liverpool clinics and consulting rooms.

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The best age to have breast augmentation

A frequently asked question we receive is “What is the best age to have breast augmentation?’ The following blog post discusses the optimum age for breast surgery and restrictions set by breast development. We discuss the importance of emotional maturity, financial stability and considering future family plans, and explore breast augmentation over the age of fifty.

Appropriate Age for Breast Augmentation

Exceptional breast augmentation results are possible to achieve for women of every age, although, the best age for successful breast surgery is typically any age between 18 and 50 years old.

Patients between these ages can look to resolve various concerns with breast augmentation. Younger women may look to address a lack of breast volume or size. Women who have had children may experience a change in breast shape or size and desire to replicate their breasts pre-pregnancy. Mature women may find that their breasts do not look how they used to, and choose breast augmentation to boost their confidence.

Although, cautions and limitations for women between these ages exist, as discussed throughout this blog.

Breast Development and Age Restrictions

The majority of UK clinics have an age limit of 18 and over for breast enlargement surgery, at which age breasts are more likely to be fully grown and developed. Some clinics may have exceptions in exceptional circumstances, but these must be discussed with your individual surgeon.

Breast augmentation can only be considered once your breasts have fully developed to ensure that implants do not interfere with their development. It would be also difficult to determine your appropriate size, profile and shape if your breasts are still developing. Additionally, implants in developing breasts would likely result in sagging, stretched excess skin.

Everyone is different however, and can experience breast development earlier or later than others. By age 18 some may not have reached full breast development and are still ineligible for breast surgery, as breasts can continue to develop in women’s early twenties.

Pregnancy and Breast Augmentation

If you’re looking to have children in the near future, surgeons usually advise waiting till you have completed your family before undergoing a breast augmentation procedure.

During pregnancy, your breasts can significantly change in shape and the volume of your breasts will increase. If you opt to breastfeed, your breasts will also continue to be large during that time. This increase in size can cause the skin to stretch, and then shrink, and those with implants face greater risk of drooping and potentially requiring a revision in the future. Therefore, postponing breast surgery till you have completed your family helps ensure sustained and most effective results for your implants.

However many women do decide to have breast implants before having a children.

Emotional Maturity

Some patients prolong their breast augmentation decision till an age where they feel they can confidently make the decision that breast augmentation is right for them, and at that stage of their life, and where they feel fully informed about the procedure.

Generally speaking, however, a woman is ready emotionally for breast surgery after carefully considering the procedure and weighing the pros and cons. Patients should have realistic expectations, realise that breast augmentation produces long-lasting results, and understand and appreciate the potential complications and risks that are associated with breast surgery.

Financial Stability

Financial stability is also an important consideration factor. It is important to think about how breast surgery will affect your current financial situation at this stage of your life. Some clinics offer financing options and packages allowing you to spread the cost of the procedure over time, however, you should ensure that you have a stable income allowing you to make these payments.

Breast augmentation over 50

Women aged over 50 are also eligible for breast surgery. There is actually no age limit for breast augmentation procedures. Women in this age group must be aware, however, that the healing process will likely be slower. It is also important that patients ensure optimal health before surgery and achieve understanding of potential complications or risks with the procedure.

So women at any age can have breast augmentation. But it is very important to thoroughly understand and evaluate the complications, potential risks and benefits of undergoing breast surgery at different ages, prior to making your decision.

The Private Clinic

Some of the most respected surgeons in the industry with decades of experience; our breast augmentation surgeons have achieved outstanding results for breast augmentation patients of all ages. Our surgeons are dedicated to providing honest, transparent advice at all times, and at your free breast augmentation consultation, will be able to assess and confirm your suitability for the procedure.

To find out more about our breast surgery procedures, see our breast augmentation website, including answers to frequently asked questions and access to a range of breast surgery before and after photos. Our breast enlargement video guides can also be very helpful. If you would like to arrange a consultation with one of our industry leading breast augmentation surgeons, you can do so via our website or by calling 03339209135.

Clinic locations available for our breast surgery procedures include: London Harley Street, Bristol, BirminghamBuckinghamshire, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton.

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What is the difference between natural and augmented results with breast enlargement surgery?

Breast Enlargement is not a standard set procedure, the implants used come in a variety of different sizes, widths, profiles and shapes meaning the results achieved from the procedure can vary depending on the implant chosen and the body size and shape of the individual receiving them.

Breast Enlargement results tend to sit in two different categories; Augmented and Natural. It has become more common these days for patients to request natural results favouring the looks of celebrities such as Gigi Hadid. In comparison however there are still patients who favour the augmented look who wish to make a more noticeable change to their appearance.


When we say an augmented breast appearance it usually refers to a result where the breasts are more noticeable and prominent in comparison to a ‘natural result’. The desire for an augmented result tends to stem from celebrities and that ‘Hollywood’ look with many favouring the larger appearance.

Typical characteristics include;

  • A large bust in proportion to the natural shape and frame of the body.
  • Dramatic contouring around the breasts.
  • Prominent cleavage that gives the appearance of a push-up bra whilst not wearing a bra.
  • Breasts that sit in a high position on the chest.

The best way to ensure an augmented result is too choose a larger implant size which is high profile and placed over the muscle. During your consultation you will be able to try on different sized implants and some of our surgeons offer 3D scans that will allow you to see how you may look with different sized implants.


A natural result is one that although there will be a noticeable different to your chest size, result won’t look unnatural and for anyone who has never met you, they often would not know that you have had surgery.

Typical characteristics of a natural breast enlargement result include;

  • Breasts that do not sit high on the chest.
  • A mid slope of the breast towards the nipple.
  • The majority of the volume in the lower half of the breast.
  • Breasts that feel and move like natural breast tissue.
  • Nipples sitting at the most fullest part of the breast.

The best way to ensure a natural result is by limiting the size of implant you choose to keep in proportion to your natural shape of your body. Surgeons will also take care to limit the width of the implant to proportionately fit within the width of your chest. Choosing implants that are have a moderate profile or lower and placing them in a position under the muscle. In some cases teardrop implants may be favoured when the patient has a limited amount of natural breast tissue.

At The Private Clinic our surgeons tend to aim for a natural result unless they are specifically asked by the patient for an augmented result. Your surgeon will suggest the best implants for your chest width and frame in order to get the appearance that you desire but this does not mean that they will favour a teardrop implant over a round implant however as natural looking results can be easily created using a round implant. In more extreme cases ethical surgeons will not want to be associated with creating an extreme augmented look.

Take a look at our before and after breast enlargement photos.

Why choose The Private Clinic?

  • We have dedicated post-operative care and appointments with your surgeon and nursing team, including a 24 hour help line.
  • We offer three-year aftercare breast cover.
  • We offer a lifetime guarantee on the implant.
  • We are able to offer a warranty of £1000 towards surgical costs for 10 years for breast enlargement.
  • All procedures are performed in state of the art hospital facilities.
  • We have a team of highly experienced Cosmetic Breast Surgeons who have decades of experience.

Breast Enlargement consultations with surgeons at The Private Clinic are free with a refundable deposit to secure your appointment. To find out more or to book a free consultation please call 03339209135.

See our FAQ’s for further questions and our breast enlargement video series on your comprehensive breast enlargement journey.

Consultations for breast enlargement surgery are available at London Harley Street, Bristol, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, and Northampton with patient advisor consultations also available in Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

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Hair Transplants in Scotland

500+ miles away from London is the UK’s northernmost country; Scotland. Known for its range of interesting delicacies such as haggis, its abundance of medieval castles, the mysterious loch ness monster and of course the famous kilt – it is not always someone’s first thought when it comes to hair transplants.

Hair Transplants amongst other cosmetic surgery procedures are better associated with the likes of London’s Harley Street but you may be pleased to know that The Private Clinic has not one but two clinics in Scotland where you can visit to find out more about what hair transplant options are available for you.

The Private Clinic in Glasgow is our main clinic in Glasgow where a variety of skin rejuvenation treatments are offered as well as varicose vein removals and of course FUE Hair Transplants are carried out. We also offer consultations for hair transplants and have the ability to carry out procedures too at our consulting space in Edinburgh meaning there is no need to travel to London.

Picking a Hair Transplant clinic can be tricky but you should take the time to do your research and feel confident in your decision. At our Scotland clinics your procedure will be carried out in a safe environment with only highly experienced and trained professional hair restoration surgeons performing your procedure. We also offer a thorough  aftercare plan to ensure that your results are the best that they can be.

An FUE Hair Transplant is minimally-invasive, virtually undetectable scarring, no stitch technique favoured by many men who are considering hair transplant surgery.

It has been reported that as many as 50% of men will experience some range of hair loss by the time they reach 50 with many seeing the first signs of hair loss when they are in their 20s. There is a wide range of reasons why a male might be experiencing hair loss, from various forms of alopecia to genetics and lifestyle.

Once you make an appointment to see a hair transplant surgeon at either of our Scotland based clinics you will be able to get detailed information about what the FUE Hair Transplant procedure involves as well as assessing your suitability and the potential cause for your hair loss.

Our surgeons are some of the most esteemed, reputable and sought after Hair Restoration specialists in the world who have worked hard to perfect their hair implant techniques so that they are able to offer you only the most natural looking results.

Why choose The Private Clinic in Scotland?

  • Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound head of hair.
  • Outstanding clinic facilities local to you in Scotland.
  • Comprehensive patient information, every step of the way.
  • A Highly experienced Hair Transplant Surgeon who has had many years of experience.
  • As many post-operative care and appointments with your Hair Transplant surgeon and nursing team as required.
  • 24 hour patient helpline to ensure you are always in the best of hands.
  • Only the finest instruments are used, resulting in as minimal trauma to your scalp as possible.
  • You won’t require any stitches after your treatment like you would with the Strip (FUT) procedure, which means your recovery time will be reduced.
  • FUE is a minimally invasive treatment (meaning there is no cutting of a strip), and carried out under local anaesthetic – many patients either watch TV, or even fall asleep during the procedure.
  • Our advanced skills and techniques will ensure that once healed, your donor area will look intact after the hair transplant procedure meaning you can style your hair without worrying about any obvious scarring.
  • We work by hair, not per graft – this ensures that only the strongest, healthiest follicles are selected for your transplant procedure. See our Hair Transplant videos here.

For more information or to book a consultation with our expert Hair Transplant surgeon in Glasgow or Edinburgh click here or call 03339209135

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The importance of proportions and size in breast surgery

Successful breast augmentation requires a good understanding of the appropriate proportions and breast size. In order to achieve a harmonious and natural appearance, it is important for surgeons to both consider and balance proportions of the overall body, when selecting the range of suitable implant sizes for the patient, and take into account the proportions of the individual breasts when configuring the implant shape. From the range of feasible implant sizes for a patient, it is also vital that the implant chosen fits the patient’s current and anticipated future lifestyle.

This blog post looks into how the appropriate breast size is calculated and proportions that your surgeon must consider…

Overall Body Proportion

When determining appropriate breast implant sizes, it is important that your surgeon considers the overall proportion of your body and in particular, achieves balance between your upper torso and hips. The size of implants that can deliver an “in proportion” and natural looking appearance will be decided, however, by several factors. These include your height, weight, width of shoulders and hips, chest height and width, current breast dimensions and amount of breast skin. All of these factors will be assessed or measured by your surgeon during your consultation.

Sizing Implants

After careful evaluation of the determining factors, your breast augmentation surgeon will advise the range of implant sizes possible. During your consultation, or in a separate sizing appointment, you are able to use a sizer bra to try on the range of implant sizes, and discuss these in detail with your surgeon. With the largest impact on the ultimate finish, the implant size is the most important decision patients can make in the process, so that surgeons commit a significant proportion of the patient’s consultation to this choice is crucial. In the appointment, your surgeon should encourage you to carefully contemplate each implants look. You should also be encouraged to think about how the different implants would affect your day-to-day life, now as well as in the future, including throughout potential pregnancies. You will also have your own idea of which proportion would be best for you, which is extremely important to vocalise.

At The Private Clinic, we also provide an option for you to return for another consultation, if you are still unsure about the decision.

Importance of Proportion with Breast Shape

Once the implant size has been chosen, your surgeon must subsequently consider how the breast implant will fit into the chest area. Your surgeon must take into account the proportions of your individual breasts, using accurate measurements, in order to achieve the desired breast shape using a suitable implant contour and profile.

Breast Tissue Boundary Restrictions

Proportions are extremely important when it comes to evaluating which breast implant options are appropriate; however, please note that your breast tissue amount and breasts’ base width are the overarching factors that ultimately decide what is first possible.

Your breast implant should not be wider than the base of your breast, to prevent the implant advancing outside your natural breast tissue, which could cause it to continue partially under your arms. Similarly, to achieve a full look, a high profile implant may be used, but a limit per width exists, with how high you can go. It is extremely important that the implant does not exceed the boundaries of the natural breast tissue, in order to avoid an unnatural appearance and prevent your breast tissue stretching and compressing, resulting in stretch marks and excess sagging skin. Your breast implant must be tailored to your individual physique.

Why choose The Private Clinic for breast augmentation?

At The Private Clinic, we offer some of the most respected and experienced surgeons within the industry for our breast augmentation procedures. With our surgeons’ expert knowledge, and perfected techniques, you can be confident that you will be recommended and achieve the most appropriate and best possible implants for you. For more than 30 years, we have transformed the confidence of and achieved outstanding results for our patients, and are proud to have achieved a 5 Star Rating on Trustpilot.

Our highly reputable breast augmentation surgeons include:

Mr Adrian Richards in Harley Street LondonBuckinghamshire and Northampton

Mr Davood Fallahdar in Harley Street London

Mr Navid Jallali in London

Mr Miles Berry in London

Miss Sujatha Tadiparthi in London

Mr Dario Rochira in London

Mr Kenneth Kok in Birmingham

Mr Maisam Fazal in BirminghamNorthampton and London

Mr Richard Karoo in Bristol

Mr Prashant Govilkar in Buckinghamshire

Mr Mobinulla Syed in Essex

Mr Alastair Lowrie in Glasgow

Mr Olubowale in Leeds

Mr Adel Fattah in Manchester

Mr Nitin Vaingankar in Northampton


If you would like to learn more about our breast augmentation procedures, take a look at our breast surgery website, including a range of breast augmentation before and after photos and answers to frequently asked questions. You may also find our breast enlargement video guides useful. Breast augmentation consultations can be arranged through our website or calling 03339209135. The following clinic locations are available for breast augmentation procedures: London Harley Street, Birmingham,  Buckinghamshire, ManchesterLeedsGlasgow, Northampton and Bristol.

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Are my varicose veins a health risk?

Are my varicose veins a health risk?

Varicose veins are a relatively common issue shared amongst 40% of the adult population in the UK. Usually varicose veins are caused by pregnancy, genetics, age or being overweight and the main reason for seeking treatment would be if you were unhappy with the appearance. In some cases patients have discussed symptoms such as pain, aching, discomfort, swelling, heaviness or itching which are all common of varicose veins but one the most common questions that our vascular surgeons get asked in consultations is if there is any serious health risk associated with varicose veins?

So are my varicose veins a health risk?

Varicose veins can come with potential health hazards that could put you at risk of blood clots, ulcers and venous diseases although they are still often regarded as relatively low risk.

However, a recent study has been carried out by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) where they investigated if varicose veins associated with an increased risk of developing deep venous thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), or peripheral artery disease (PAD). They found that adults diagnosed with varicose veins were at a significantly increased risk of deep vein thrombosis.

Although the association between varicose veins and DVT does still require further research to determine if it fits a common set of risk factors it is still a big jump into getting the true risks of varicose veins properly identified. You can read more about the research here.

So what can be done?

Varicose veins have a wide range of treatments including the NICE Gold Standard treatment of Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA).

EVLA is a minimally invasive treatment that does not require a hospital stay, treatment takes around 1 hour to complete and you will be able to go home shortly afterwards. The success rate after five years for EVLA is 95.4% meaning that once treated, it is unlikely that your varicose veins will return to the same area.   Find out more about EVLA and other varicose vein treatment options here

Why choose The Private Clinic?

  • We offer competitively priced, walk-in walk-out procedures.
  • Our procedures are performed by some of the Country’s top Consultant Vascular Surgeons.
  • All procedures are carried out under local anaesthetic in one of our widely recognised in-house clinical facilities.
  • We aim to tackle the actual cause of the problem, which is why we offer all patients a free ultrasound scan at their initial consultation.
  • We have carried out over 7,000 procedures, treating patients who have regained their confidence whilst avoiding health issues.
  • View our gallery of before and after photos here
  • View our extensive list of FAQs here
  • View our patient videos here

To find out more about our varicose vein treatments or to book a consultation please call 03339209135 or click here.

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Is eyelid surgery right for me?

Eyelid surgery is great for targeting eyes that are looking tired all the time. It produces results that are able to make you look more rested, alert and happier as many patients complain of looking angry or upset on a regular basis.

The best patients for eyelid surgery usually have at least one of the following complaints;

  • Dark circles below the lower eyelid
  • Noticeable lines and wrinkles on the eyelids
  • Eye bags beneath the lower eyelid caused by fat
  • Excess skin on the upper or lower eyelids.
  • Bulging fat in the upper or lower eyelids.

Eyelid surgery otherwise known as a Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids or even both in cases where it is needed.

Upper Blepharoplasty

An upper blepharoplasty can be performed under local anaesthetic and can take as little as 30 minutes to perform. The downtime is minimal and many patients return home shortly afterwards.

Lower Blepharoplasty

A lower blepharoplasty is a little more complex compared to an upper blepharoplasty and so it is usually performed under a general anaesthetic.  It can take between 1-2 hours to perform but unless requested by the surgeon, you will  be able to return home later that day.

Combined Procedure

A combined procedure is when you are having both an upper and lower blepharoplasty. This procedure will be performed under general anaesthetic and can take up to 2 hours to perform depending on the severity.

Fat Transfer

In some eyelid surgery procedures, a fat transfer or repositioning may be suggested for eyelid areas that have lost fat volumes causing a shallow or sunken appearance and dark circles. Fat repositioning is when local eyelid fat is essentially repositioned to the other eyelid hollow. Fat can also be taken from other areas of the body, but usually your surgeon would prefer to reposition fat that is already in the eyelid area.


To best assess your suitability for eyelid surgery you should book a consultation with a plastic surgeon that is specialised in treating the facial area and has performed many surgical eyelid procedures previously. Your surgeon will be able to take a look at your eyelid areas and make a decision about what procedure would be best suited to ensure you get the result you desire.

It is also important to note that to even be considered for eyelid surgery, you must be in good health with no existing medical conditions that have the potential to affect your ability to heal after the procedure. You must also have a realistic expectation of what is achievable with surgery to ensure that you have a higher rate of satisfaction at the end of the procedure.

In some cases patients may not be deemed severe enough for surgery at this stage and you may be suggested to try non-surgical options such as dermal fillers or thread lifts to improve the appearance of your eyes.


Following your surgeon’s advice is the best way to ensure that you get the best results from your surgery. For the first 2 days you should be taking it easy and allowing your body to recover from the procedure. By day 2-5 you should be up and about but swelling and bruising will be visible so you may wish to refrain from social interactions if you are feeling sensitive. After day 5 the remainder of your bandages will be removed and the bruising and swelling should have settled but may still be visible. You should be able to start returning to your everyday routines by this point and after 3 weeks you will be well on your way to complete recovery.

The Private Clinic

Our Plastic Surgery team consists of some of the Country’s most reputable Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons who have years of experience and expertise. We are proud to have:

Mr Davood Fallahdar in London
Mr Navid Jallali in London
Mr Miles Berry in London
Mr Roberto Uccellini in London
Miss Sujatha Tadiparthi in London
Mr Deemesh Oudit in Manchester
Mr Mrinal Supriya in Northampton
Mr Alistair Lowrie in Glasgow

Consultations for eyelid surgery are available in London Harley Street, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton.

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Beginning your rhinoplasty journey

You have decided to undergo rhinoplasty surgery to address concerns about your nose, and the next step is arranging a consultation. In this blog post, we’ve highlighted what you need to think about at this stage, some research advice and what to look for in a rhinoplasty surgeon.

  1. What do you want to change?

Various concerns of the nose can be addressed through rhinoplasty. If your nasal bridge is the issue in question, rhinoplasty is able to reshape a wide, crooked, humped or depressed bridge. The procedure can also modify a bulbous, irregular or too far projected nasal tip, or resolve wide nostrils appearing out of proportion. If suitable, and to achieve facial harmony, your surgeon may advise that you have a full nose correction including the nasal bridge as well as nostrils and or tip. If you are unhappy with the overall size of your nose compared to other facial features, cartilage and bone removal can also be used.  Septo-rhinoplasty, on the other hand, can be used to address breathing difficulties, including resolve a deviated septum. Patients undergoing rhinoplasty for aesthetic reasons could also be advised this.

At The Private Clinic, we offer three main rhinoplasty  types, addressing these various issue: standard rhinoplasty offering full nose correction, rhino-tip surgery resolving issues with the nostril and tip, and finally septo-rhinoplasty.

  1. Realistic expectations

It is important to have an idea of what you are looking to achieve with rhinoplasty, so your surgeon can help achieve your desired outcome. However, it is vital to be realistic with your expectations. When discussing their desired look in consultations, some patients refer to celebrity noses, before and after photos or tweaked photos from a rhinoplasty app. Although these can be used as a reference point, it is important to realise rhinoplasty is not about achieving a new nose but enhancing your nose with subtle,  natural-looking changes. In addition to limitations for this reason, your nasal structure also determines what is possible to change. Your nasal bone structure, flexibility, cartilage thickness, how oily or dry your skin is and your facial skeleton set boundaries on what can be achieved.

At your consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your concerns, desired outcome, and nasal structure, and recommend what is possible for you to achieve with rhinoplasty.

  1. Do your homework

When making an important decision such as rhinoplasty, educating yourself on the procedure is important to make more informed decisions, and be prepared for your consultation and operation. To name a few areas to look into, it can be helpful to learn the rhinoplasty techniques available, rhinoplasty risks and pre and post op requirements including necessary downtime.

To look into rhinoplasty techniques, open and closed rhinoplasties are the two most commonly used. The difference between the two is that open rhinoplasty involves a small incision between the columella (the cartilage bridge and skin between the nostrils), allowing the surgeon to lift the nasal skin and gain a direct view for correcting the nasal tissues. With closed rhinoplasty, only small internal incisions are used and the surgeon will usually use a nasal speculum (an instrument for widening the nostril opening) in order to view the nasal structures. Your surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of both during your consultation and recommend the method appropriate for you.

To be clued up on other ‘need-to-knows’ about the procedure, we recommend reading advice and information on clinic websites. Websites offering cosmetic and plastic surgery advice, such as RealSelf and Private Healthcare UK, can also be useful.

  1. Choosing a rhinoplasty surgeon

Rhinoplasty is one of the most technically challenging of cosmetic procedures, so to be sure and safe, careful research to find an expert surgeon is very important. Find out how many years have they been performing the procedure and how often they perform it. With rhinoplasty revisions unfortunately not being uncommon, finding out the surgeon’s personal revision rate is also useful.

Verify that the surgeon is board certified. Board certified plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons are both qualified for performing rhinoplasty. Reputable British and European boards include the BAAPS, the BAPRAS, the EAFPS and ENT UK. Find out how specialised the surgeon is in the procedure. An expert plastic surgeon does not necessarily equate to an expert rhinoplasty surgeon.

Reading patient reviews and seeing before and after photos is very important. This can help you achieve an idea of the results and experience you could achieve with that surgeon. Check the clinics website as well as patient review and ranking websites for these.

We also advise not weighing too heavily on price in your decision. An experienced, specialised surgeon is likely to come at a higher price. However, with the nose being a prominent facial feature and rhinoplasty being a complex procedure, having confidence that you will achieve effective results should be made priority.

The Private Clinic

The Private Clinic offer only the most experienced, reputable surgeons for our rhinoplasty procedures, focused on achieving the best possible results for you. Our surgeons have sharpened their techniques in rhinoplasty to perfection, with the procedure being one of the oldest treatments in cosmetic surgery.

Our team of some of the UK’s most experienced and esteemed surgeons includes:

Read about our other expert rhinoplasty surgeons on our website.

If you select The Private Clinic for rhinoplasty, your procedure is likely to take place at our London Clinic based at 98 Harley Street. If you cannot reach our London clinic, it is possible we can schedule your surgery at a hospital more local to you. Your consultation with an expert surgeon, can be also booked at our clinics in Bristol, GlasgowNorthampton and Manchester. To receive information and advice before seeing a surgeon, we can also schedule for you to meet one of our patient advisors.

For more information about our rhinoplasty procedures, or to book a consultation with one of our reputable surgeons or patient advisors, see our website or call 03339209135.

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Questions to ask when choosing a Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic

With so much choice available, selecting a varicose vein treatment clinic can be an overwhelming decision. You want confidence you’ll be treated using the appropriate procedure for you, achieve the best possible results and experience a smooth patient journey. But where do you begin? In this blog, we help you out, with several important questions to ask when choosing a clinic, and some important advice.

Who performs the procedures?

You may find clinics offer various practitioners for the varicose vein removal procedures, including ultrasound technologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and doctors. This is now possible with clinics offering more minimally invasive varicose vein treatments. However, we only advise only using a vascular surgeon for the treatment, for assurance you’ll receive the best results and care possible.

How experienced is the surgeon, and what are their credentials?

With both having a significant impact on your results, ensure to find out how long the surgeon has been performing the procedure, and how regularly they perform it.

Find out if the surgeon has been board certified within the field of vascular surgery, or if they have obtained a vein-treatment related certification from a respected organisation. This can be found out through research or asking if your surgeon has membership of any of the top vein-treatment related boards or societies. These include the British Society of Endovascular Therapy, the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the European Society for Vascular Surgery and the European Board of Vascular Surgery. Also verify that your surgeon has been qualified in treating your specific condition.

Would l receive a preliminary evaluation?

Ensure that the clinic offers a preliminary evaluation before treatment. This is the only way your surgeon can accurately determine the most suitable treatment for you. A preliminary evaluation involves using an imaging technique to configure the location of your varicose veins, and to check for serious conditions. Leading clinics tend to use a precise diagnostic ultrasound procedure, also known as duplex vein scanning, as the imaging technique.

What are the treatment options available?

Check that a range of procedure options are available, including heat ablation methods, sclerotherapy and surgery, for confidence you can be provided and will be recommended the most suitable treatment for you. In some cases, a combination of procedure types will be necessary. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, NICE, recommends clinics adopt minimally invasive laser and heat ablation methods for varicose vein treatments. However, if unsuitable for the patient, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy should be used and if unsuitable still, NICE advise surgery as the last option.

Regarding varicose vein treatment options at The Private Clinic, we offer the heat ablation technique, EVLA, representing the “gold standard” technique for varicose vein treatment according to NICE, in addition to foam sclerotherapy, and the surgical method, Phlebectomy. Phlebectomies involve small incisions and no stitches, while the surgical procedure, vein stripping, still used by many clinics, requires extensive incisions and a much longer recovery period.

What is the patient care and aftercare offered?

Your patient journey should involve a consultation with a vascular surgeon, the procedure in as many sessions as required, and as many follow up appointments as necessary. Thorough instructions for pre and post procedure should also be provided. You can also check what else is included in the clinics care and aftercare. For example, is there a 24 hour emergency line, is a patient advisor offered who can offer support in your journey?

This information may be found out via the clinics website or by contacting them directly. Reading patient reviews and stories can also provide a strong indication of the care and aftercare offered at the clinic.

Have you checked patient before and after photos and reviews?

Patients’ before and after photos can help you gauge an idea of the results you could achieve with that clinic. To access these, check the clinics website, social media pages and consumer review sites such as RealSelf.

Testimonials about patient experiences and results are also very helpful for an indication of the experience you could expect. You may find these on the clinics website, or websites offering patient testimonials and satisfaction ratings, such as Trustpilot and RealSelf.

If you are interested in using The Private Clinic for your varicose vein removal treatments, visit our varicose vein removal webpage for more information about the procedures we offer, including answers to frequently asked questions, information about our vascular surgeons and patient before and after photos. One of the most recognised centres for varicose vein removal in the UK, The Private Clinic have over 30 years of experience in treating all vein types and have performed over 7,000  vein removal procedures to date. All of our varicose vein treatments are minimally invasive, walk-in-walk-out procedures, without the need for large surgical incisions and general anaesthetic. You can generally resume normal activities immediately after treatment. Varicose vein removal consultations and procedures are available at the following clinics: London Harley StreetGlasgow, Bristol, Birmingham, LeedsManchester, NorthamptonEssexNewcastleWeybridge Veins ClinicBexhill Veins ClinicBournemouth Veins Clinic.

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Tummy Tuck for the Summer

As summer slowly approaches now is the time that patients start to consider their surgical options to be healed in time to show off their new shape on the beach.

As we all start to take a keen interest in having a healthier lifestyle and exercising on a regular basis our bodies are almost prepped and primed for the big reveal once the plane wheels hit the tarmac. But for some, their efforts of weight loss have been brushed aside with the issue of sagging skin now being the source of their body concerns. Excessive weight loss can cause the appearance of sagging skin due to the skins laxity not being able to tighten and restore to its new shape.

Pregnancy can also cause sagging skin with many mums struggling to get their body back to its former glory.

So what can be done?

An Abdominoplasty is a common body contouring procedure that is targeted at removing excess skin from the stomach and tightening the abdominal muscles if needed too.

The procedure is carried out under a general anaesthetic and in most cases does require an overnight stay. Excess skin and fat are removed from the stomach before the belly button is lifted to a higher position with the aim of creating a smoother and tighter appearance.

In certain cases, a mini abdominoplasty may be recommended which is suitable for patients who just have an area of excess skin located between the belly button and pubic bone compared to the whole area. There is also not normally a scar around the tummy button after a mini tummy tuck procedure as the belly button is not repositioned.

What is the recovery like?

Recovering from a tummy tuck will vary between individuals but we usually recommend patients to take between 1-3 weeks off of work depending on their job role. You will be prescribed pain killers to help reduce any pain but swelling and bruising will be present and you may find carrying out certain tasks uncomfortable such as reaching up, standing up and being upright for long periods.

The recovery time after a mini tummy tuck is slightly shorter in some cases but it should still be classed as major surgery and the appropriate post-op care will still be required.

When can I travel after surgery?

We usually advise patients to wait 6 weeks before travelling. This allows you to heal fully and for your surgeon to see you at your 6 week appointment to give you the all clear before you go. Travelling abroad especially should ideally not be before 6 weeks as, should anything happen you may not be covered by your travel insurance and your surgeon will not be able to travel to see you.

When can I sunbathe after surgery?

Ideally, we do recommend that patients keep their scars out of the sun for the first year after surgery. Scars in these early stages are more prone to pigmentation and darkening when exposed to sunlight and UV rays.  If planning a summer beach holiday then it is important that you take care of your scar, keep it covered and protected with sun cream with limited exposure to direct sunlight.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some time spent away with many patients taking full advantage of their new shape to wear clothing they previously felt they couldn’t with a new found feeling of confidence.

Mini Tummy Tuck
*All images, videos and testimonials are based on the personal experiences of our patients and represent individual body shapes and results. Results may vary from person to person. All testimonials are provided voluntarily by our patients and clients and all photos and videos have been consented to and have not been altered in any way.

Why choose The Private Clinic?

The Private Clinic sees over 15,000 new patients every year and perform over 10,000 procedures, with one of the highest patients’ satisfaction in the sector, TrustPilot 9.4, 5 star rating, 93% would recommend us to their friends and family. We are a multi award winning provider and have been voted the Aesthetic award for Best UK Clinic Group 2017.

The Private Clinic prides itself on its commitment to Medical Expertise, Patient Care and Satisfaction, Honest advice and most importantly Results. We are above all committed to Quality. Please feel free to contact us for any Tummy Tuck advice or to book a consultation with one of our expert surgeons.

Consultations are available at;

London Harley Street, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Northampton and Glasgow and at our consulting rooms in Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Essex and Liverpool.


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